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Memory of the Future



"When [Robert] Graves, in The White Goddess, comes to formulate his theory of poetic composition he connects the creative act with what he calls 'proleptic thought' and 'analeptic thought,' both of which involve 'a suspension of time', and adds, 'one can have memory of the future as well as the past'... the creative act, renewal of the visionary gleam, involves a passive 'lapsing-out' of normal, time-imbued consciousness, and 'memory' takes on an expanded connotation - not just ordinary everyday recall, but a suspended state of rich creative ferment which may involve oracular knowledge of the future..."


- Hugh Underhill, ​The Problem of Consciousness in Modern Poetry (1992)


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